If you've got a day or two, I would put them in a can of boiling water and cover it up to give some insulating effect. I would expect them to be a lot softer tomorrow, as most polymers can absorb very significant percentages of water. Warming them up again may make them softer still.
sparing nails and skin in
> This weekend I picked up a very nice Araya at a yard sale. It had
> obviously been sitting in somebody's back yard since it was nearly new.
> Last night I started to take it apart. It took me an hour to get the
> original adhesive-backed bar tape off the Win Pista bars. Now about the
> hoods. Thirty-some years in the California sun, etc. have made them one
> with the nice, new-looking Dia Compe levers. Is there something I can use
> to dissolve or at least, soften the hoods, or must I sit for hours
> painfully picking at them with my thumb nails?
> Thank you.
> Mark Fulton